Mark Holata's heavyweight bout with Chris Guillen (pictured) completes Bellator 42. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The Bellator 42 line-up is now official, as a preliminary heavyweight scrap between Chris Guillen and Mark Holata completes the April 23 dance card.
Headlined by a light heavyweight tournament semifinal bout between Richard Hale and D.J. Linderman, Bellator 42 goes down Saturday from the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Okla. The event, which airs live on MTV2, will also feature the other 205-pound tournament semifinal, as Tim Carpenter meets Christian M'Pumbu.
The show was originally supposed to be headlined by a non-title heavyweight showdown between reigning Bellator king Cole Konrad and UFC veteran Paul Buentello, but a back injury forced “The Headhunter” out of the match-up.
In light of Buentello's injury, a bantamweight scrap between Brazilian prospect Luiz Alberto "Betao" Nogueira and Jerod Spoon has been promoted to the main draw.
Bellator 42 will also feature four non-televised undercard bouts, including the aforementioned Guillen-Holata heavyweight scrap. The preliminary draw will also showcase Owen Evinger and Brandon Shelton in a featherweight duel, as well as a middleweight affair between Chris Bell and Jared Hess and a bantamweight tilt featuring Shane Howell and Mark Oshiro.